Although it’s not the most comfortable car to drive, it makes up for it with its suitability for camping conversions – a Berlingo Camper might be just what you are looking for – especially if you plan a DIY conversion. It’s a cheaper and lower quality build, but that also means you don’t mind going a bit more DIY crazy as you would with a more expensive car. And it’s pretty high and long (especially if you opt for the long version).
No wonder many people seem to choose the Citroen Berlingo for their DIY camping conversion. Here’s our favourite videos of how some of you converted their Berlingos into campers.
I’ve picked DIY conversions in various price ranges, sorted from the cheapest – showing you that you can do a lot with this car no matter what your budget is.
Alasdair’s DIY Challenge after seeing how expensive campingboxes are – 100 GBP (118 EUR)*
Lewis’ (his dog and Rosie’s) Berlingo camper just below 1700 GBP (2000 EUR) – a very cosy conversion 🙂
*he doesn’t mention the price in the video, but he does mention 100 GBP in one of the comments below
Clockoff.co.uk’s Berlingo camping makeover
They don’t mention the price, but from the look of things, this was probably more than 1700 GBP or close to that.
AdVANture’s Berlingo full monty – if you want to have it all
Citroen Berlingo camping PROs and CONs
- good size – especially the long / XL version (182-217cm, depending on model), but even the standard version is pretty tall (100-120cm, depending on model), easy to sit in even when converted to a camping car at the back
- easy to maintain, no expensive or hard to get parts
- cheap to run – about 6.3l/100km (37MPG)
- very good price on models up to 10 years old
- sliding middle doors
- front passengers’ backrest (and middle rear seat) folds down to create a table!
- because it’s a cheaper build, you don’t mind doing more DIY things to it…
- newer models (from 2020):
- have good front overhead storage
- rear seats fold down completely (but don’t have the table I mentioned above) – no need to remove them
- some models have awesome roof windows
- cheaper build, low drive & interior comfort
- noisy to drive
- cheaper materials & insulation (thinner walls)
- might need more maintenance and upkeep
A seat that backs up as a table!!
What adds to the usability of the Berlingo is the fact that the middle back seat and the passenger’s front seat backrest can be folded down and turned into a table – very useful and not available in many other cars: